Cheap changes: “It’s easy to change dimensions when the
bike is still on paper, but not so much once you start cutting
tubes,” says Chris Herting. “There is a ton of back and forth
getting everything dialed in before I ever start building.”
Photo by Chris Herting/3D Racing
R E Dream Bike
Two-speed single: Using the SRAM HammerSchmidt two-speed crankset and a shifter at the top tube/seat tube junction, this is a two-speed singletrack weapon that is seen on
the singletracks of Durango, Colorado, where 3D Racing is
based. Note the ability to carry a CO2 cartridge six years before
Specialized introduced their SWAT system.
mind. The 29- and 27.5-inch wheels were around a long time
before mountain bikers took the leap of faith and applied
them to their sport. Many fat bikes were created by riders
welding wheels together to get the width they dreamed of.
So, while starting off with stock parts is a good idea, it is
more of a guideline than a rule.
Your dream bike doesn’t have to revolutionize the sport.
It simply has to revolutionize your riding experience. That
means sticking with the basics and fine-tuning the design to
fit your body like a glove.
“My bread and butter is building custom bikes for riders
who have a unique build and have never fit comfortably on
a production bike,” explains Chris. “The key for power and
performance is getting the rider’s knee positioned correctly
over the pedals. The rest of my adjustments will enhance the
This type of dream-bike construction takes the design bur-
den off the rider. Custom builders like 3D will come up with
bike drawings based solely on measurements supplied by the
rider. If you are extremely tall, short or proportionally differ-
ent from “average” people, the custom-bike route can really
be a dream come true.
Dreams do come true: When Chris Herting isn’t making other
people’s dreams come true, he is making his own dreams come
true. His elevated-stay, single-speed fat bike is a show-stopper
and a snow-pounder.